concrete swimming pools Tag

Types of Materials for Pool Finishes

From Luxury Pools

One of the many things that make inground concrete swimming pools different than their counterparts is the myriad options available for the pool's surface.  This level of customization really sets the finished product apart from vinyl or fiberglass swimming pools, as the level of customization is taken to it's highest mark with the finished surface.  This post from Luxury Pools explains and presents the different surface finish choices for inground concrete pools which include plaster, exposed aggregate, and tile.

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Pool Shade Ideas: 7 Ways to Cover Your Swimming Pool

From Shade FX

The thought that creating shade around a swimming pool is one that usually escapes most people.  Shade isn't the first thing that comes to one's mind when they envision their own inground swimming pool space.  Luckily, skilled designers are attuned to the crucial fact that creating shaded areas in the proper spots are every bit as important as the areas that receive sun.  This post from Shade FX presents 7 unique ways to provide a respite from UV rays and hot midday sun exposure.

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Fire & Water Features

From Landscaping Network

7 ways to add drama to your landscape with fire and water elements

You've probably seen the fabulous pictures across the internet and in design and home magazines featuring firebowls, firepits, and fire strips around swimming pools.  Fire attracts attention, and creates amazing action and drama in any outdoor living design, but especially when combined with water.  Two of the most ancient elements that are associated with mystery, life, and spirituality come together in these amazing swimming pool designs that combine these two elements amazingly.  This post from Landscaping Network showcases these combination features which represent the latest innovation in the ever-changing swimming pool design and outdoor living design arena.

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8 Outdoor Holiday Lighting Ideas That Dazzle

from HGTV.com

This week saw the last official day of Summer and the first day of Fall come and go, and for some this is a depressing realization.  Thoughts of many turn back to the long, sunny, Summer days by the swimming pool and lounging in the hammock in the backyard to a cooling breeze.  For others, the thoughts of leaves falling, Halloween trick-or-treaters, and pulling out the Christmas tree gives them an understated joy of the holiday season.  For those people that are inclined to decorate their houses for the holiday season with lights, garland, and scary witches, this post is very timely.  HGTV gives a great design guide for outdoor holiday lighting that will set your home apart from the rest of the neighborhood, and make the long, cold winter seem shorter than it actually is.  It's only a few short months until we enter swim season again, so why not make the most of the holiday season by embracing it?

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Simple Hot Tub Exercises

From Hot Tubs 101

One of the latest fitness trends is Hot Tub exercising.  The combination of the heated water and buoyancy makes hot tub exercising a low-impact, highly beneficial means to get and stay fit.  This post from Hot Tubs 101 explains the numerous benefits of working out in a hot tub, and walks through some simple exercises to get the reader on the road to fitness.

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